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Congratulations. As the others have said, relax and enjoy.
I just finished reading the Continuum Concept, and felt bad that I did not hold my baby constantly early on. But that society differs from ours; when mom bathes, there's an older kid, or her mother right there. We don't have those luxuries.
I had a little seat for her where she sat in the bathroom when I washed my hair, if I went to the kitchen I had a swing chair for her that I used after she was 3 months old (we ate takeout until then). And she had a mobile that she absolutely loved lying under, punching and kicking at - she slept better at night when I started using it and worse on nights when we didn't use it.
As long as they are used in moderation (or maybe minimation), in tune with your baby's response, IMHO, what matters is that you are in tune with your baby and get lots of overall carrying and contact, as well as attention.
A few days ago my Dd discovered she can crawl after me anywhere. (Having read that book, I decided to open some of our gates and trust her a little more around our obstacle course). She loved the power. Today she discovered she can choose not to. She seemed thrilled with the idea of sitting in the hall examining the rug pattern while I was in the kitchen. But suddenly she was overwhelmed with the idea that she could choose, and she's been clinging the rest of the day. I'm holding her a lot, and I bet that tomorrow she'll be courageous again. That's off the topic, but AP is about reading your baby, not following rules.